A Japanese official has just publicly announced that they might end up dumping radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean.
The disturbing pronouncement came from the environment minister of Japan himself, Yoshiaki Harada. According to Harada, Tokyo Electric (Tepco), the firm tasked with the cleanup is running out of room to store the liquid, MailOnline reports.
To the disgust of local residents, the firm assigned to clean up the waste from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster has decided that the radioactive waste it collected could be dumped into the Pacific Ocean.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) chairman Takashi Kawamura told foreign media that almost 777,000 tons of water tainted with tritium, a radioactive type of hydrogen that is known to be difficult to filter out, will be released into the sea.
Cleaning up the mess at Fukushima has proven to be a tough task even for Japan’s robots as high radiation levels in the site repeatedly cause them to malfunction each time a probe is attempted.
Considered to be the largest nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl incident, the massive meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant caused the leak of around 600 tons of toxic fuel, with high levels of radiation still being emitted today. The multi-billion dollar disaster was initiated primarily by a tsunami following the Tōhoku earthquake on March 11 2011.
Fukushima was just another Japanese prefecture until a tsunami-triggered nuclear disaster struck in 2011.
While the incident happened years ago, Fukushima has again made headlines with some seemingly worse news: radiation levels are soaring and reaching their highest since the meltdown. However, here’s what’s really happening.
Japanese surfers are fearlessly catching waves at the radioactive beach near the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Despite warnings of radioactivity in the area, surfers still visit Tairatoyoma beach, once a popular surf spot. While documenting decontamination efforts in the abandoned towns, photographer Eric Lafforgue, sighted the surfers in the water.
One photographer had the opportunity to get a rare look inside the abandoned radioactive towns of Fukushima, Japan four years after two natural disasters triggered a meltdown at the nuclear plant.
Arkadiusz Podniesiński, 44, is a Polish photographer and filmmaker who received special permits to visit the towns in Fukushima affected by radiation from the infamous nuclear accident of 2011. The sights he witnessed tell a tragic story of the people who were forced to leave their homes following the nearby power plant meltdown.